Using Adobe Contribute Keys

Adobe Contribute is the standard ESF webpage editing tool, now in use by many units, departments and individuals on campus. It is extremely easy to use. Complete support and training is provided by ESF Web. A license is currently $55.95 (one license per installation, no upgrades included) - and the purchasing process is explained here.

What's a Contribute Connection Key?

A connection key is a way that we can send you pre-configured connection information to set up Contribute. You will need one for every directory path on the server that you are responsible for editing. (For example: Educational Outreach maintains several sites, such as /outreach/... and /greenbuilding/ for their Green Building conferences. Since one is not contained in the other on the server, you will need a key for each.)

Requesting a Contribute Connection Key

Requesting a connection key is easy. Just send an email to with the site you need access to and your account username, and we'll get you set up.

Using a Contribute Connection Key

  1. When you receive your connection key(s), double-click on the attachment (should have an extension .stc). It should open in Adobe Contribute if it is properly installed. (Alternatively, save it to your computer and use it from there - but you will only need this for the initial setup)
  2. Contribute should prompt you for a Connection Key Password. Unless otherwise noted, this will always be 123 (no spaces or other symbols - just digits).
  3. It will also ask for your WebDAV username and password.
    1. If you are a faculty or staff member, that will likely be (DOMAIN)\(username) - most faculty/staff are on the ESFADMIN domain. For example, the web account would be ESFADMIN\web.
    2. If you are a student, there's an extra hoop to get you connected. If that's been completed, your username should be in the form WWW\(username)
    3. Your password is the same password you use to log into your computer, unless you have a WWW account, which would be the assigned password you were sent when the account was created.
  4. For your convenience, you can have Contribute store this information - which works well, until you have to change your password. Depending on the public accessibility of your machine, that option is your choice.
  5. Click to confirm and it should ask for your name and email address. This is for the file check-in/check-out - it's how we know who has files checked out in case of a problem. Fill that in.
    1. If you receive an error message, you may have a typo in your password. Try again, and if you continue to have difficulty, call or email Aaron - x6648 or
  6. After you finish, you should be ready to get started editing! You only have to complete this process once per installation.

Call Aaron at x6648 or send an email to if you have any questions.


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